Oil Spills Lab- Kristen Pizarro
This activity, used as a 7th grade science laboratory final exam, comes in three sections. Students will first model an oil spill and test materials for cleaning it up. This experiment will help them understand why it is such a difficult task. Next they will examine data about the effects of oil spills. This is real data collected after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. They will answer questions about the data and demonstrate graphing ability. Lastly, students will perform an experiment to look at the way oil affects bird feathers and try different cleanup methods to find out which works best.